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About realtime interaction

Introduction
Information on chats
Documentation on previous chats

 

Introduction

We would like to invite you to participate on the discussion/chats VJ Theory is organizing.
This is a small project to invite our contributors, mailing list and others to participate in the discussion of ideas and theories informed by practice.

For this project, six of our contributors moderate six chats online. Each chat last one hour and has a specific theme within the area of realtime interaction. There is one in the morning (10AM/London) and another one in the evening (7PM/London), from the 4th until the 6th of April.
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This is our first experiment in hosting a debate for anyone interested in the subject of realtime interaction.
You are welcome to join with your ideas.

The resultant texts will be available after each chat through this page.

 

Information on chats

4th April (Wednesday)
10AM
Authorship
Michael Betancourt

Authorship is often considered as a simple dichotomy between what can be characterized as the epistemological concerns with sources and origins familiar from Barthes, Foucault, et. al. and ontological ones with the empirical, physical producer who creates the text as object-under-consideration. Far from being incompatible, or even critical of one another, this paired understanding of authorship is undergoing a fusion in digital technology. Not only in appropriation/remixes but also in the form of generated-content such as Amazon.com's "Page I Made" where the mechanical recording of actions produces a variety of "digital authorship" that is essentially a valorization of the authorship concept: activity as authorship; authorship as constitutive of commodity-generating data. This discussion will explore these ideas.
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7PM
Technology
Federico Bonelli

Unconventional approaches to interactivity in new-media and a search for roots in avant-guard theories and practices. How does this relate to the design of new objects? How these objects can relate to situation space and modify it's architecture and the way people experience it?
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5th April (Thursday)
10AM
Networks and Collaboration
Magda Tyzlik-Carver

Collaboration has been a buzz word for many decades now. It is a way of working which is done together, with others, and so it is assumed that a particular, good quality characterises this mode of working as it requires the creation of a community – that is an entity united through shared values. Thus, the importance of collaboration comes from its assumed ability to enrich and fulfil our lives. However, what is understood as collaboration changes within the context of a network society – that is, a society which is organised as a combination of media (such as the Internet) and social networks.
If we consider that networks are the organisational structure of the post-Fordist, post-industrial world, the new social formations are being composed through the context of availability and use of technological tools (eg the Internet). Furthermore, collaboration has become implicit within the network society and constitutes what is called immaterial labour.
In this context I would like to propose a discussion based on the question: Is it possible not to collaborate? What happens if we refuse to collaborate?
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7PM
Narrative
Paul Mumford and Lara Houston

The Narrative Lab has been examining types of narrative structures that could be used in the context of VJ performance. It was clear from the outset that traditional linear narrative structures were incompatible with the random access and live construction techniques of video performance. The notion of hypernarrative is prominent which links directly with the techniques and processes of the VJ. But what role does collecting, processing, storytelling have in production for Vjing? Can VJ works demand narrative interpretation, activate memory, and give rise to a continually shifting map of shared cultural meaning? How can this be approached?
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6th April (Friday)
10AM
Ideology
Bram Crevits

What kind of ideological message is exhaled by the practice of VJing 'as a whole'? Modern Art, with its focus on the autonomy of the individual artist for example, can be seen as an expression of a liberal ideology, although often pretending to be pure and only influenced by art itself.
VJing and its subsequent Live Audio-visual Art, has close connections to the most influential media-technologies and practices: electronic, audio-visual, mass, pop,... Those closest relatives, of which we say that they are highly influential to society and the consciousness of its members are very clearly reflecting the dominant ideologies.
How does VJing relates to these close relatives, and what are the ideological implications? What is symbolised by VJing and Live Audio-visual Art and how are these related to the autonomous contemporary art?
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7PM
Performer
VJ Theory

We would like to start with a quote from A Thousand Plateaus 'The two of us wrote Anti-Oedipus together. Since each of us was several, there was already quite a crowd. Here we have made use of everything that came within range, what was closest as well as farthest away.' (Deleuze and Guattari) which suits this subject well.
Why do VJs (as well as DJs, for example) use another name while performing?
Does an interactive installation react as a performer as a proxy to the artist?
We would like to examine the role of the performer and the performative in realtime interaction.

 

Documentation on previous chats

4th April (Wednesday)
10AM
Authorship
Michael Betancourt

7PM
Technology
Federico Bonelli

5th April (Thursday)
10AM
Networks and Collaboration
Magda Tyzlik-Carver

7PM
Narrative
Paul Mumford and Lara Houston

6th April (Friday)
10AM
Ideology
Bram Crevits

7PM
Performer
VJ Theory


Should you like to know more about these events send us an e-mail to vjtheory@yahoo.co.uk with 'Let's Chat' as title.

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